C-130 Takes Off! Homebuilt and designed foamboard RC plane.
Ever since I saw a C-130 fly over my head last summer while outside on my lunch break, I was determined to one day build my own version of it. With a mix of Flitetest and Experimental Airlines building techniques, I pecked away at it for months in between other projects to make it with a 50" wingspan and keeping it as semi-scale as possible. The forecast of a winter day looking like decent flying weather gave me the final push I needed to get her ready. So on a warm(?) day just below freezing, with ~6mph winds and bright yet lightly-snowing skies, I gave it a go. I was nervous, as at 1500g it's the heaviest plane I've built so far; I wasn't sure it would even take off.
Taking off - not a problem! Within about 10ft, it picked up enough speed sliding on its skies to jump into the air. Too much, in fact, that I had to hold a serious elevator down to maintain level flight. After a stressful couple of circles, I managed to gently land it in one piece. Then I moved the battery forward a couple inches and gave some serious down trim. The next flight was very short - it went down right into the snow immediately after takeoff when I eased the up elevator, knocking off the magnetically attached nose just before I pulled up.
Next, I put everything right in the middle. On the third attempt, it balanced much better, allowing for a somewhat relaxing/enjoyable flight and a repeat of the smooth landing. There's still some trimming to go, but I wanted to call it a day while my spirits were high and fingers and toes not yet frozen.